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(B.M.E.) Bachelor of Music in Education

(B.M.E.) Bachelor of Music in Education2019-08-02T16:07:08-05:00

The mission of the Music Education program is to prepare outstanding music educators for lifelong careers inspiring today’s youth. Our undergraduate program provides a core of knowledge and skills, enhanced by applied learning experiences which ready our graduates for contemporary and current educational practices.  Our faculty members are cutting-edge teacher/scholars with national certifications in Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly. They are active scholars and researchers, particularly in the areas of instrumental music, jazz education, choral music, Kodaly, Orff Schulwerk, and vocal pedagogy.  Graduates move on to be successful general, choral and instrumental music educators in Missouri and in the states of Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, and often continue their education in successful graduate programs all over the United States.


All music major degree programs have a concert/recital attendance applied learning activity requirement. To complete the degree, the student must attend 12 approved performances each semester for a total of 6 semesters. This is in addition to all coursework for any music major degree. Attendance requirements and an approved listing of concerts/recitals are provided at the beginning of each regular semester.

CONCENTRATIONS

If instrumental music is your passion, you can tailor your music education degree with the concentration that matches your interest.


BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN EDUCATION DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for the Bachelor of Music in Education degree must participate in one major ensemble each semester with the exception of the student teaching semester. Candidates for the Bachelor of Music in Education degree must complete 4 credits in 300-level “Applied Music-Major Instrument” requirements for graduation.

Requires a core of 49 credits in music courses plus additional credits in the area of concentration.

If vocal music is your passion, you can tailor your music education degree with the concentration that matches your interest.


BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN EDUCATION DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Candidates for the Bachelor of Music in Education degree must participate in one major ensemble each semester with the exception of the student teaching semester. Candidates for the Bachelor of Music in Education degree must complete 4 credits in 300-level “Applied Music-Major Instrument” requirements for graduation.

Requires a core of 49 credits in music courses plus additional credits in the area of concentration.

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Music (Bachelor of Music in Education, B.M.E.)

General Studies 1
42-47
Core Requirements
MUS 100Concert/Recital Attendance0
MUS 103Fundamentals of Music2
MUS 106Basic Keyboard Skills I2
MUS 108Basic Keyboard Skills II2
MUS 115Musicianship I3
MUS 116Musicianship I Lab1
MUS 215Musicianship II3
MUS 216Musicianship II Lab1
MUS 320Elementary Music Methods and Materials3
MUS 362History of Western Music I: Ancient to Classical3
MUS 363History of Western Music II: Romanticism to the 21st Century3
MUS 348Music of World Cultures1
MUS 366Musicianship III3
MUS 367Musicianship III Lab1
MUS 368Musicianship IV2
MUS 490Senior Recital1
or MUS 491 Senior Recital
MUS 1XX Applied Lessons: Major and Secondary3
MUS 2XX Applied Lessons1
MUS 3XX Applied Lessons (2 semesters)2
MUS 4XX Applied Lessons1
MUS XXX Large Ensembles 25
MUS XXX Chamber Ensembles 22
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:17-19
Instrumental
Vocal
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36

Concentrations:
Instrumental
Vocal
Additional Teaching Certification

Instrumental Concentration

MUS 109Functional Voice Class2
MUS 206Keyboard Proficiency for Instrumentalists2
MUS 211Brass Methods and Materials2
MUS 307Percussion Methods and Materials2
MUS 308String Methods and Materials2
MUS 325Marching Band Techniques1
MUS 353Woodwind Methods and Materials2
MUS 442Instrumental Conducting3
MUS 468Middle and High School Instrumental Methods3
Total Credit Hours19

Vocal Concentration

Concentration Requirements
MUS 111Functional Instrumental Techniques2
MUS 201Diction for Singers3
MUS 208Keyboard Proficiency for Vocalists2
MUS 328Song and Choral Literature2
MUS 334Pedagogical Practices: Voice2
MUS 441Choral Conducting3
MUS 467Middle and High School Choral Methods3
Total Credit Hours17

Additional Teaching Certification

The department strongly recommends additional teaching certification for all BME music majors.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music in Education degree with a Vocal Concentration may achieve state instrumental certification with the following courses:

MUS 211Brass Methods and Materials2
MUS 307Percussion Methods and Materials2
MUS 308String Methods and Materials2
MUS 353Woodwind Methods and Materials2
MUS 442Instrumental Conducting3
MUS 468Middle and High School Instrumental Methods3
Applied Music (instrumental) course(s)2
Ensemble (instrumental) course(s)2
Total Credit Hours18

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music in Education degree with an Instrumental Concentration may achieve state vocal certification with the following courses:

MUS 201Diction for Singers3
MUS 301Advanced Diction for Singers2
MUS 328Song and Choral Literature2
MUS 441Choral Conducting3
MUS 467Middle and High School Choral Methods3
Applied Music (voice) course(s)4
Music Ensemble (vocal) course(s)2
Total Credit Hours19

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Music Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.